Tag Archive: Beijing

Am I jinxed?

I don’t know what’s going on with me lately, but it seems I only have to say something on the blog to make the situation I’m writing about change radically. If this is… Continue reading

The obsession with fakes and brands

When I was studying in Beijing, my parents, brother, uncle, aunt and cousins came once to visit me. They wanted to make the most of their trip and see other places in China… Continue reading

Book review: Expat Jimmy

Today I wanted to write about the novella Expat Jimmy, by Travis Lee. I read it a few weeks ago already but with all the things going on lately I didn’t have time… Continue reading

The professional interrogator

I have started to suspect that the neighbour who lives in the 5th floor of my building, a middle aged lady, is a professional interrogator trained by the CIA or the KGB. Every… Continue reading

Family visit I: Beijing

Did you miss me? I am back after two weeks of holidays! I’ve been visiting several cities in China with my parents, my brother, his girlfriend, two aunts, an uncle and a cousin.… Continue reading

Can the Great Wall be seen from space?

I am sure you have heard or read this claim before: “The Great Wall in China is the only man-made construction that can be seen from space!”. My parents came to China 10… Continue reading

Healthy Chinese elders

One thing about China that never fails to impress me is how physically active retired people are. In Spain, oldĀ people are known for sitting in parks, maybe walking around slowly and conversing animatedly,… Continue reading

10th Chinaversary

Today is my Chinaversary! On September 5, 2006, I set foot in China for the first time in my life. Fast forward 10 years and I’ve been here over 8 of those years!… Continue reading

The Olympic Games

Every summer I used to watch the Olympics while I was on holidays. August is the preferred holiday month in Spain and I would invariably be spending it in our apartment by the… Continue reading

The Shanghai syndrome

“Do you have Nutella in Suzhou?”. I kid you not, that is what a colleague who lives in Shanghai asked me once. Local Shanghainese people share a characteristic that annoys the hell out… Continue reading